Scene/Seen on the Street: Doug Busch

Opening day of an exhibit featuring large-format black and white photographs of street scenes.

When: Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, 11 a.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Art (opening)


On view August 25 – December 2, 2012

Having served as an assistant to Ansel Adams and Al Weber, Douglas Busch mastered the craft of large format photography, and like his mentors, he focused his lens on the landscape. In 1986, however, he launched “The Denver Photographic Project,” taking his large-format cameras into the city to capture both the people on the street and the architecture of the Western metropolis.

Busch's large format black and white photographs, taken with a large camera that the artist designed and built himself, are images of great subtlety and irony. Through a combination of Busch’s photographic sensibility and his impeccable technique, the ordinary is raised to a monumental scale. The 31 street scenes presented in this exhibition open our eyes to the beauty and subtlety of the everyday. Ranging in scale from 8x20” to 20x24”, the images are Busch’s attempt to “record reality more accurately than I can actually see it.”

Using an unwieldy instrument that weighs over 100 pounds to make street portraits was an extremely uncommon practice, and the photographer mused that more than a few people mistook the 20x24” camera for a popcorn machine. Roaming the city over the course of one year, Busch produced hundreds of images with his large cameras.

Pictured: Doug Busch, "Electric Building," 1986. Gelatin silver print.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted July 17, 2012
Last updated July 17, 2012


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